TridonicAtco LEDs shine for Allied Irish Bank in Dublin

Special-effect lighting for the new head office of Allied Irish Banks in Dublin is provided by TridonicAtco Hi-Power LEDs.
TridonicAtco’s Hi-Power LEDs are used expensively throughout the new head office of Allied Irish Banks in Ballsbridge, Dublin, for effect lighting. Integral to the three 7-storey elliptical core architectural features of the project are 2300 custom-built sub-miniature LED luminaires. In addition, custom-built, integrated handrail LED luminaires are used on the five ‘jewellery box’ staircase architectural features. They incorporate 37 350 Tridonic COB (chip on board) white-light LEDs configured on 1729 linear PCB arrays from the Talexx range. The AIB Centre was originally designed in the early 1970s as an open arrangement of campus buildings. In 2003 came a plan to double the floor space, leading to existing and new structures being amalgamated under a closed roof to create an internal core to the buildings. Lighting-design-concept consultants Pritchard Themis were given the brief to look at the lighting across the site, giving particular consideration to this central space with its powerful, monolithic stair cores at the heart of the site. Peter Pritchard of Pritchard Themis, comments, ‘From the outset, we realised that a clean and striking treatment to these towers was going to be the key to the design. They face each other from each end of the main space, standing over six storeys high and hold the main stair, lift and toilet cores for each floor. ‘Each of them stands half within the atrium space proper and half projecting onto the floor plate of each levels, and as such they are read from all parts of the development. ‘We wanted to find a treatment that would enhance their corporate mass and one that would be homogeneous across the whole surface and decided to lay a grid of white LED sources across the surface. We felt confident that the TridonicAtco LEDs were now far enough advanced to provide an economically sensible solution, as well as providing a very pure and consistent white.’ ‘The LEDs emblazon the towers with a second skin of light that really highlights the curve of the cladding and immediately animates the cores with unique energy,’ says Peter Barry of Emcon, installer and commissioner on the project.
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